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Big East's ascendancy was not inevitable


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http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/colleges/88990092.html

But the past does affect the future. From his vantage point at St. Joe's, DiJulia isn't so sure the Big East's schools that don't play I-A football will be orphaned.

"My instinct is that whatever's left of the Big East, that they still might have greater leverage, football and basketball together,'' DiJulia said.

His point is that the Big East basketball brand is so well established now. The fact that none of the league's non-I-A football schools are left in this year's NCAA tournament, that won't change the brand.

"If the football guys separate themselves from Georgetown and Villanova, the [football schools] might lose,'' DiJulia said.

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